'Does have to go out again' -  Bolton boss urges Shoretire to consider leaving Man Utd in January

Published: September 26, 2023
'Does have to go out again' -  Bolton boss urges Shoretire to consider leaving Man Utd in January

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt believes academy football has become too easy for Shola Shoretire and he should consider leaving Manchester United on a temporary basis in the January transfer window in search of regular playing opportunities at first team level. 


The former England U19 international does not seem to be in the plans of United's manager Erik ten Hag considering that the attacking midfielder has not played competitively for the first team in the new season and was omitted from the Champions League roster. 


The Anglo-Nigerian youngster has been involved in five goals (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last three games in the Premier League 2, which buttresses the point that his level is above the average players in the division. 


He spent the second half of last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, where he played in 16 games in the League One, scoring one goal and providing two assists. 


Bolton were linked with a loan move for Shoretire in the summer but decided against signing him because they prioritized the signing of a versatile player over a number 10.


"I think with Shola he has been playing in that Under-21s team for quite a few years now and there comes a point where you have out-grown it and you need first team football," Evatt told Bolton News.

"It goes for all the players in that age group, the more first team football you can get exposed to, the better it is for your development.

"I think Shola does have to go out again and get some more experience." 


Shoretire could return to familiar surroundings on Tuesday evening when Manchester United face off with Bolton Wanderers in an EFL Trophy clash at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.




Igho Kingsley 



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